Chemistry AS/A Level 3 (Blocks B, C or D) at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend
Many scientific skills are required to study Chemistry including data analysis, experimental work, collaborative work, problem solving, formula manipulation and calculations. You will also be required to work independently, make comprehensive notes and summaries and read around the subject thoroughly. OCR Chemistry A will be split into 6 modules. Modules 1-4 will constitute a stand-alone AS level qualification. Modules 1-6, combined with the practical element, will constitute the full A Level. Practical skills will be assessed throughout the course.
This will involve two examination papers. One paper will include multiple choice and structured questions covering both theory and practical skills. The other paper will involve structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills. The chemical ideas involved include; atoms, compounds, molecules and equations, moles, acid-base redox reactions, electrons, bonding and structure, the Periodic table, periodicity, group 2 and the halogens, enthalpy changes, reaction rates, equilibrium, qualitative analysis, hydrocarbons, alcohols, haloalkanes, organic synthesis and analytical techniques.
The course will comprise the whole of the Year 1/AS course as well as an extra synoptic examination paper. Key chemical ideas studied include; reaction rates, equilibrium, pH, buffers, enthalpy, entropy, free energy, redox, electrode potentials, transition elements, aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids, esters, nitrogen compounds, polymers, organic synthesis, chromatography and spectroscopy.
Grade 6 in Chemistry GCSE and 6 in one other Science GCSE.
Practical skills will be assessed throughout the course.
There are many Chemistry related degrees and qualifications but courses including medicine, dentistry and veterinary science will require this subject. Universities look for the highest grades if wanting to study these types of courses. To study Chemistry, the Russell group will typically require A*A*A, University of Wales Cardiff requires AAB-BBB and University of Kent requires BBB, to give a range of examples.
You could go on to do a degree in: Chemistry; Physiotherapy; Osteopathy; Occupational Therapy; Dietician; TeacherMedicine/Nursing; Industrial Biology; Food Science; Pharmacy; Engineering; Veterinary Science; Zoology; Dentistry; Radiology
Career Options: Doctor/Nurse; Veterinarian; Dietician; Teacher; Occupational Therapist; Pharmacist; Crop or Fuel Management; Food Industry; Research Scientist; Forensic science; Architecture; Speech Therapist; Pharmaceutical Chemist
This subject will require a hardworking attitude and a general interest in the composition, structure and properties of materials and the interaction of atoms. Studying Chemistry allows you to develop subject-specific and transferable skills which are valued by all employers, meaning your future career doesn't have to be in a lab.
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